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Old 07-14-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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How to feed cats and plecos

I'm having a tough time making sure my bottom feeders are getting enough food. How is everyone taking care of theirs? I have a tank of African cichlids and they jump on anything that resembles food once it hits the water. I've tried dropping food in a night, but it looks untouched come the next morning.
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Sinking pellets, algae wafers
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I've been using NLS sinking pellets, and I just started using Hikari Algae wafers too. The cichlids like them both. Not seeing much action out of the cats and plecos.
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I've been using NLS sinking pellets, and I just started using Hikari Algae wafers too. The cichlids like them both. Not seeing much action out of the cats and plecos.
Hmm, my cats love them, try feeding the cichlids at one end of the tank an drop them in at the other end
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I usually sprinkle whatever I'm feeding them all over the tank to ensure everyone gets some. I'll try that with the wafers though. I just dropped half my pack of wafers in there about 10 minutes ago, so I'm hoping there is plenty left for the bottom feeders come night time.
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I usually sprinkle whatever I'm feeding them all over the tank to ensure everyone gets some. I'll try that with the wafers though. I just dropped half my pack of wafers in there about 10 minutes ago, so I'm hoping there is plenty left for the bottom feeders come night time.
What kind of cats do you have?
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I usually sprinkle whatever I'm feeding them all over the tank to ensure everyone gets some. I'll try that with the wafers though. I just dropped half my pack of wafers in there about 10 minutes ago, so I'm hoping there is plenty left for the bottom feeders come night time.
Half a Pack??. How many plecos and cats have you got??
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2 s. petricolas (1 inch maybe), 1 honeycomb cat (same size as petricolas), 1 blue eye long fin pleco (2-3 inches) and another pleco who I can't remember but he's also 2-3 inches.
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Half a Pack??. How many plecos and cats have you got??
oh, no. It was by accident. I did NOT want to drop half a pack in there. But it's the little $2.50 pack, so it was maybe 7 extra wafers.
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2 s. petricolas (1 inch maybe), 1 honeycomb cat (same size as petricolas), 1 blue eye long fin pleco (2-3 inches) and another pleco who I can't remember but he's also 2-3 inches.
I don't have experience with those but half a pack seems a lot. I each should be more than enough....
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I don't have experience with those but half a pack seems a lot. I each should be more than enough....
The mbuna like them as well and eat them too. I saw a few fish working on 1 a couple minutes ago. They need their veggies!
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I don't have experience with those but half a pack seems a lot. I each should be more than enough....
I agree
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You can try spot feeding. I have a piece of pipe that I use to guide food next to them
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it wasn't on purpose at all.
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It was not on purpose.
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You can try spot feeding. I have a piece of pipe that I use to guide food next to them
If I knew where they were at I would. I only see the cats at night and they are 100 mph all over the tank. The plecos hand out high up on the glass during the day.
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oh, no. It was by accident. I did NOT want to drop half a pack in there. But it's the little $2.50 pack, so it was maybe 7 extra wafers.
Sorry, I thought you intended to do it!!. I was picturing a large pack...haha
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Sorry, I thought you intended to do it!!. I was picturing a large pack...haha
Nope. I would have had a fit if a large pack was dropped in. Thankfully it was a small pack. I've noticed that it has been clouding my water a little bit though. I've also tried nori strips to feed the cats.
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